I used to be a competitive swimmer…like, a million years ago.
I love the pool and I loved being a part of a team that counted on me but I could also be an individual. I can imagine cross-country and track athletes feel the same way. And, I was good at it. I was state ranked and, believe it or not, some records I set in the late ‘80’s still stand today.
The thing is, I have not swam laps in a long time. The indoor pool is not that convenient to my house, in the summer I am swimming with the kids and not putting my time in the lengths, and I hate all the mumbo-jumbo that goes along with swimming.
What do I mean by mumbo-jumbo? Glad you asked!
I hate packing a bag for swimming; suit, goggle, caps, towel, flip flops, shampoo and conditioner, clean undies, etc. I dislike having to add shower time, drying time, and changing time to my work-out, and I especially don’t like leaving my kids in the child care at the Y with the indoor pool (there is nothing particularly wrong with the child care, it is just different from what they are used to makes me nervous).
Yesterday, though, I sucked it up, put on my big panties, and decided not to let the excuses pile up. I diligently thought about and packed everything I would need to make a swim possible. I talked up to the kids how much fun the new gym would be (spoil alert, they LOVED it!). I talked myself into this new adventure.
And you know what? I loved it. I loved how I felt in the water. I loved how my body moved in the waves. I felt amazing during my work-out and even better afterwards. You know that burn you feel sometimes when you have an awesome work-out? I had it. Aside from one major technical difficulty (I need new goggles), it was basically a perfect work-out; one I plan on doing every week. I felt refreshed and really proud of myself for my accomplishments.
I have to admit, come holiday time I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to exercise. I try not to be, but it just seems to happen. I also get bored with the same old work-out, and I am tired! This year, though, I am trying to be more present in everything I do. Maybe I cannot commit to five days a week, but I think three days is reasonable and doable. I am still actively trying to be healthy and I know what I need to do. Exercise is the number one priority for my health.
So, yes, I am a swimmer…glad you asked!
Have any of you tried a new sport or work-out lately?